Something Scary: Sauna


October 2, 2013 by Laird

In the better late than never category: A friend in the film business made certain I watched Sauna last year–he said, this isn’t like the other stuff, this is special. So, I watched it and have been haunted since. It’s a masterpiece of horror cinema.

An austere, yet gorgeously shot film about the mundane and insidious nature of evil, and possibly the best use of genius loci I’ve ever seen.




4 thoughts on “Something Scary: Sauna

  1. Kenton Sem says:

    Just watched this on your recommendation – thanks! Lots of room for interpretation (genius loci – yes!) with a couple of genuine shocks that are more profound than you usually find in horror cinema these days. I kept thinking of A. Blackwood as I watched this.

    Are you familiar with a 1981 film called ‘Possesson’? Directed by Andrzej Żuławski and starring Isabelle Adjani and Sam Neil. It was available for years on VHS in mutilated form, but look for the full 127 minute cut. I think you might appreciate it.

  2. Laird says:

    I’ve heard of it only. Thanks for the rec. Man, Sam Neil has been in some great horror movies…

  3. Arkkari says:

    Watched it when it premiered here in Finlandtheaters.. Blew me away quite frankly. Had to get it on dvd too. Laird you should plan a trip to Finland … And sauna naturally:)

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